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It is a continent of raw beauty and wondrous magics—of marauding hordes and avenging champions—it is Taladas, the forgotten continent of Krynn first revealed in the best-selling Dragonlance supplement Time of the Dragon.

Now, this incredible setting is brought to life and made ready for adventuring with New Beginnings. This essential adventure provides all the information necessary for new players to begin adventuring in the Taladas campaign setting.

New Beginnings includes a simple, step-by-step character creation outline which new players can use without the help of a Dungeon Master. Also, it presents essential tips on equipping and playing your new character in the Taladas setting, and sample encounters which allow your to test your characters skills without risking them in actual play. Finally, a complete mini-adventure helps to begin your Taladas campaign by thrusting the player characters right into the action.

Product History

DLS1: "New Beginnings" (1991), by Mark Acres, is the start of a new Dragonlance series of modules. It was published in February 1991.

About the Module Code. The code "DLS" was perhaps meant to stand for "Dragonlance Supplement", as DLS1: "New Beginnings" (1991) fits that bill: it's a sourcebook for starting Dragonlance play. However, the rest of the series would consist of elf adventures, leading some to speculate that the "S" stands for Silvanesti. It could also be a "Saga" or a "Sourcebook", but it's definitely an example of TSR's confusing module codes in the early '90s.

Origins (I): A New Series. Since the release of Time of the Dragon (1989) in late 1989, TSR's Dragonlance line had focused on the continent of Taladas, through the "DLA" adventures (1990) and DLR1: "Otherlands" (1990). "New Beginnings" kept to that sub-setting, though it would mark the end of the continent's exclusivity. Only one more Taladas book would appear, DLR2: "Taladas: The Minotaurs" (1991), and that was a few releases down the line.

Origins (II): An Introduction. Ever since the release of the Holmes Basic D&D rules (1977), the Basic D&D line had carried the burden of introducing new players to the D&D game. N4: "Treasure Hunt" (1987) and N5: "Under Illefarn" (1987) were among the scant few exceptions … and AD&D's "novice" module line was now gone.

"New Beginnings" was thus an important milestone for AD&D. It was not only the first truly introductory AD&D adventure in a few years, but it was also the most introductory release ever. This would presage future releases such as First Quest (1994), which would become important as the Basic D&D game faded away.

The one major limitation of "New Beginnings" as a beginner piece is that it is very focused not just on Dragonlance, but on the continent of Taladas; this was not an introduction that could easily be used by other D&D players.

Expanding D&D. Two-thirds of "New Beginnings" is spent offering tips to new players on how to create characters, play characters, and roleplay in general. The most interesting section is probably chapter four, which asks "What Would You Do?" in a series of moral-dilemma encounters. None of this material represents new rules, but those 24 pages mark one of the most extensive and basic introductions ever for the D&D game.

Adventure Tropes: Introductory Adventures. So what sort of introductory adventure can follow up such an extensive tutorial? As it turns out, a very short one. "A First Adventure" is just five pages long, and it's an episodic encounter-based adventure. Five different scenes each give players the opportunity to react to various dangerous or problems. Despite the overall structure, the individual episodes are relatively freeform. There's the opportunity for roleplaying, fighting, and exploring alike.

Exploring Krynn: Taladas. "New Beginnings" is set in the village of Boremium in the League of the Minotaurs. Obviously, not much detail can appear in a five-page adventure (and the village is never seen again).

About the Creators. Acres is best known for I2: "Tomb of the Lizard King" (1982). He also worked on the GangBusters (1982) and Star Frontiers (1982) before leaving TSR for Pacesetter. "New Beginnings" was Acres' only later work for TSR.

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The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the editor-in-chief of RPGnet and the author of Designers & Dragons - a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to Thanks to the Acaeum for careful research on Monster Manual printings.

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